Allentown Center City Chess Club Schedule Page

Chess Schedule

All events are held at St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 North 7th St., Allentown, PA 18102. 

Events are from Noon to approx. 6:15 PM.  Registration is Noon to 1:15 PM.  You can arrive late and play part of an event on any day *except* quad day -- for quads, if you are late you cannot enter the event (but you still might be able to get in a rated game).

Bring clocks, pens and proof of USCF membership.  Sets and boards provided (but feel free to bring yours)

Unless otherwise stated -- all sudden death time controls include 5-second delay.

All events -- unless otherwise noted -- are subject to the following policy regarding draws by agreement:  

NO DRAWS BY AGREEMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED BEFORE 15 MOVES HAVE BEEN MADE BY BOTH SIDES.   NORMAL PLAY ENDING IN THREEFOLD REPETITION WILL BE ACCEPTED.  SILLY PLAY ENDING IN THREEFOLD REPETITION WILL BE REJECTED AS A FORM OF DRAW BY AGREEMENT.

PLAYERS WHO RUN A BIT SHORT OF THE 15 MOVE STANDARD WILL BE SENT BACK TO CONTINUE PLAY.  PLAYERS WHO INTENTIONALLY ATTEMPT TO POST ZERO, ONE OR TWO MOVE GAMES OR OTHERWISE SKIRT THE INTENTION OF THIS RULE WILL BE DOUBLE-FORFEITED WITHOUT AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE PLAY

Note:  Club policy is that players eligible for prizes must be present at the end of an event to receive a prize.  Small prizes are not held over for absent players.

Weekly Events

Club EFs rise on Jan 1, 2019    3-SS are $10, 4-SS are $12, Quads are $15

Chess Club is Open again as of November 7!!

We are at a temporary location: 

MERCHANT SQUARE MALL  2nd floor 1901 S 12th St Allentown, PA  18103

Same club hours.  But to end by 6 PM rather than 6:15 or 6:30 as we are used to doing...our registration cutoff will move back 15 minutes

Registration Noon to 1 PM Firm  Rd 1 starts promptly at 1:15 PM   Events end 6 PM Everyone out 6:15 PM

Masks or face guards are required -- no exceptions.

Bring your own chess set, board and clock -- our club equipment is still being stored at St. Luke's Church.

No shared food.  No coffee made on site.  Bring your own snacks or drinks.

All EFs have been increased by $5 to pay for our temporary site -- we are sub-letting space from Harvest Rain Fellowship Church.   Our initial agreement runs November 2020 to January 2021.

***Now extended to mid-June 2021***

 

Reminder -- all events now have $5 site surcharge  

For 3-round Swisses -- if 20+ entries, then 2 sections / 2 prize funds

April 3 Merchants Square Swiss, 3-SS, G/40 EF: $15   Prizes: 1st $30  Biggest Upset $10 

April 10  319th Second Saturday Quads (TLA often in Chess life), 4-player sections by rating, 3-RR, G/40 d5  EF:  $20  Prizes: $30 1st each section. 

April 17 Merchants Square Swiss, 3-SS, G/40 EF: $15   Prizes: 1st $30  Biggest Upset $10

April 24   April Tornado, 4-SS, G/30 d5   EF:  $20  Prizes:  $50 1st, $30 U1800  (One section)

May 1 Merchants Square Swiss, 3-SS, G/40 EF: $15   Prizes: 1st $30  Biggest Upset $10

May 8  320th Second Saturday Quads (TLA often in Chess life), 4-player sections by rating, 3-RR, G/40 d5  EF:  $20  Prizes: $30 1st each section.

May 15  BORIS PRIVMAN MEMORIAL  (rounds 1-2-3) G/40 d5 EF: $20    Prizes:  3-0 starts share $60 pool    Biggest Upset Pt 1 = $20

Scores carry over to part two....but you can enter either part separately

The 6-rounds will be rated as ONE EVENT. Good chance for rating norms.

May 22  BORIS PRIVMAN MEMORIAL (rounds 4-5-6) G/40 d5 EF: $15  Prizes: Additional $60 1st plus trophy  Top U1800 $30   Top U1400 $30 

May 29  Random Pairing Swiss, 3-SS G/40  EF: $15  Prizes:  $60 shared by all with 3-0 scores

June 2 Merchants Square Swiss, 3-SS, G/40 EF: $15   Prizes: 1st $30  Biggest Upset $10

June 9    321st Second Saturday Quads (TLA often in Chess life), 4-player sections by rating, 3-RR, G/40 d5  EF:  $20  Prizes: $30 1st each section.

*** Check  for updates on our location after May 31, 2021 

 

Reminder:

UPSTAIRS  ---  

NO CHESS  ---  12/26, 1/2

  

Note: Club holds USCF-rated events every week.  Schedule will update 1-2 weeks prior to last event shown.)

 

Pennsylvania
 
 
November 23.   12th Annual David Elliott Memorial Cup, 5-SS, G/30 d5   St Luke's Church, 417 N. 7th St., Allentown, PA 18102   Park in the lot -- enter thru the red gate    Total Prizes  $840 $$ GTD   3 Sections:    OPEN $550 $$GTD  EF: $30, U1800/UNR $25, 2400+ free.    Prizes:  $250 1st + engraved tray, $120 2nd, Top 2099-1800 $100, Top U1800 $80;  RESERVE (U1600/UNR) $200 $$GTD  EF:  $20, U1400/UNR  $15   Prizes:   $150 1st + engraved tray,  Top U1400 $50 + award;  CHALLENGER (Non-Rated Section -- open to U1300 or players with no USCF membership record) $60 $$GTD  EF:  $15   Prizes:  $60 1st + award     Stan Stasiak Heart-punch Award ($10 + award) for biggest upset in each section.   All Sections:  Registration 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM,  opening ceremony 11 AM   Rounds 11:15-1:30-2:45-4-5:15    Playoff for trophies (if needed)  6:30 PM   Lunch break (meet/greet Elliott family) included after round 1.     Players may request one half-point bye -- none for last round.  No draws by agreement under 15 moves.  Games from top boards collected for possible publication.  No advance entries. Org: Eric C. Johnson  Questions: 484-547-6103.  USCF-rated events every Saturday  -- see www.freewebs.com/allentowncentercitychessclub  
Pennsylvania
 
 
November 23.   12th Annual David Elliott Memorial Cup, 5-SS, G/30 d5   St Luke's Church, 417 N. 7th St., Allentown, PA 18102   Park in the lot -- enter thru the red gate    Total Prizes  $840 $$ GTD   3 Sections:    OPEN $550 $$GTD  EF: $30, U1800/UNR $25, 2400+ free.    Prizes:  $250 1st + engraved tray, $120 2nd, Top 2099-1800 $100, Top U1800 $80;  RESERVE (U1600/UNR) $200 $$GTD  EF:  $20, U1400/UNR  $15   Prizes:   $150 1st + engraved tray,  Top U1400 $50 + award;  CHALLENGER (Non-Rated Section -- open to U1300 or players with no USCF membership record) $60 $$GTD  EF:  $15   Prizes:  $60 1st + award     Stan Stasiak Heart-punch Award ($10 + award) for biggest upset in each section.   All Sections:  Registration 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM,  opening ceremony 11 AM   Rounds 11:15-1:30-2:45-4-5:15    Playoff for trophies (if needed)  6:30 PM   Lunch break (meet/greet Elliott family) included after round 1.     Players may request one half-point bye -- none for last round.  No draws by agreement under 15 moves.  Games from top boards collected for possible publication.  No advance entries. Org: Eric C. Johnson  Questions: 484-547-6103.  USCF-rated events every Saturday  -- see www.freewebs.com/allentowncentercitychessclub  
Pennsylvania
 
 
November 23.   12th Annual David Elliott Memorial Cup, 5-SS, G/30 d5   St Luke's Church, 417 N. 7th St., Allentown, PA 18102   Park in the lot -- enter thru the red gate    Total Prizes  $840 $$ GTD   3 Sections:    OPEN $550 $$GTD  EF: $30, U1800/UNR $25, 2400+ free.    Prizes:  $250 1st + engraved tray, $120 2nd, Top 2099-1800 $100, Top U1800 $80;  RESERVE (U1600/UNR) $200 $$GTD  EF:  $20, U1400/UNR  $15   Prizes:   $150 1st + engraved tray,  Top U1400 $50 + award;  CHALLENGER (Non-Rated Section -- open to U1300 or players with no USCF membership record) $60 $$GTD  EF:  $15   Prizes:  $60 1st + award     Stan Stasiak Heart-punch Award ($10 + award) for biggest upset in each section.   All Sections:  Registration 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM,  opening ceremony 11 AM   Rounds 11:15-1:30-2:45-4-5:15    Playoff for trophies (if needed)  6:30 PM   Lunch break (meet/greet Elliott family) included after round 1.     Players may request one half-point bye -- none for last round.  No draws by agreement under 15 moves.  Games from top boards collected for possible publication.  No advance entries. Org: Eric C. Johnson  Questions: 484-547-6103.  USCF-rated events every Saturday  -- see www.freewebs.com/allentowncentercitychessclub  

Pennsylvania
 
 
November 23.   12th Annual David Elliott Memorial Cup, 5-SS, G/30 d5   St Luke's Church, 417 N. 7th St., Allentown, PA 18102   Park in the lot -- enter thru the red gate    Total Prizes  $840 $$ GTD   3 Sections:    OPEN $550 $$GTD  EF: $30, U1800/UNR $25, 2400+ free.    Prizes:  $250 1st + engraved tray, $120 2nd, Top 2099-1800 $100, Top U1800 $80;  RESERVE (U1600/UNR) $200 $$GTD  EF:  $20, U1400/UNR  $15   Prizes:   $150 1st + engraved tray,  Top U1400 $50 + award;  CHALLENGER (Non-Rated Section -- open to U1300 or players with no USCF membership record) $60 $$GTD  EF:  $15   Prizes:  $60 1st + award     Stan Stasiak Heart-punch Award ($10 + award) for biggest upset in each section.   All Sections:  Registration 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM,  opening ceremony 11 AM   Rounds 11:15-1:30-2:45-4-5:15    Playoff for trophies (if needed)  6:30 PM   Lunch break (meet/greet Elliott family) included after round 1.     Players may request one half-point bye -- none for last round.  No draws by agreement under 15 moves.  Games from top boards collected for possible publication.  No advance entries. Org: Eric C. Johnson  Questions: 484-547-6103.  USCF-rated events every Saturday  -- see www.freewebs.com/allentowncentercitychessclub  
 

Pennsylvania
 
 
November 23.   12th Annual David Elliott Memorial Cup, 5-SS, G/30 d5   St Luke's Church, 417 N. 7th St., Allentown, PA 18102   Park in the lot -- enter thru the red gate    Total Prizes  $840 $$ GTD   3 Sections:    OPEN $550 $$GTD  EF: $30, U1800/UNR $25, 2400+ free.    Prizes:  $250 1st + engraved tray, $120 2nd, Top 2099-1800 $100, Top U1800 $80;  RESERVE (U1600/UNR) $200 $$GTD  EF:  $20, U1400/UNR  $15   Prizes:   $150 1st + engraved tray,  Top U1400 $50 + award;  CHALLENGER (Non-Rated Section -- open to U1300 or players with no USCF membership record) $60 $$GTD  EF:  $15   Prizes:  $60 1st + award     Stan Stasiak Heart-punch Award ($10 + award) for biggest upset in each section.   All Sections:  Registration 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM,  opening ceremony 11 AM   Rounds 11:15-1:30-2:45-4-5:15    Playoff for trophies (if needed)  6:30 PM   Lunch break (meet/greet Elliott family) included after round 1.     Players may request one half-point bye -- none for last round.  No draws by agreement under 15 moves.  Games from top boards collected for possible publication.  No advance entries. Org: Eric C. Johnson  Questions: 484-547-6103.  USCF-rated events every Saturday  -- see www.freewebs.com/allentowncentercitychessclub